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Greg Blankenship

Greg Blankenship
No. 57, 53
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1954-03-24) March 24, 1954 (age 60)
Place of birth: Vallejo, California
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Vallejo High School
College: Cal State-Hayward
Undrafted in 1976
Debuted in 1976 for the Oakland Raiders
Last played in 1976 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career history

Roster status: retired
Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 1976
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Gregory Allen Blankenship (born March 24, 1954) is a former American football linebacker who played one season in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Early life

Blankenship was born in Vallejo, California and attended Vallejo High School.[1]

College football

He matriculated at Cal State-Hayward[1] (since renamed California State University, East Bay). As a sophomore, Blankenship was named to the third-team Associated Press small college All-America football team in 1973.[2] In 1974, he was named to the UPI Little All-Coast football team.[3] After his senior season he was named to the Associated Press College Division All-America team as a first-team selection.[4]

Blankenship has been inducted into the California State University, East Bay Athletics Hall of Fame.[5]

Pro football career

Blankenship went undrafted in the 1976 NFL Draft, but was signed by the Oakland Raiders. He played four games for the Raiders before being cut.[6]

He was picked up by the Steelers about a month later, primarily to serve as a special teams player.[6][7] He played for the Steelers in the final six games of the 1976 season.[1]

Blankenship was cut by the Steelers prior to the 1977 season.[8] He was picked up in 1978 by the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League.[9]

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